Feb 11, 2013 4:30am PST
news that came out overnight. pope benedict xvi announced he would resign february 28. that means the senior cardinals will have to meet to elect a new pope before the end of march. live pictures from the vatican. he will be the first pontiff to do this in 600 years emphasizing that caring out the duties of pope require strength in body, strength of mind, and he can no longer do it. amy has local reaction to the news and she will have more in the next hour. we will have new developments in the breaking news story and on our website at abc7news.com. >> more than 4,000 passengers and crew are stranded on a carnival cruise ship in the middle of the gulf of mexico. a fire in the engine room caused a power outage sending the ship adrift. this is the shift before the port in texas on thursday. a backup generator is providing limited electricity and a tugboat steams to the ship and it will be towed to the nearest port in mexico. >> report commissioned by joe petrino's family contradicts families of the investigation by penn state into the sex abuse scandal regarding sandusky. the family'
Feb 12, 2013 4:30am PST
. >> an italian newspaper is reporting pope benedict underwent a secret heart surgery less than three months ago to replace a 10-year old pacemaker and the unexpected resignation is ling to speculation over which direction his successor will take the church. pope benedict appointed most of the cardinals who will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. in the bay area many who gathered for mass last night prayed for the pope. some students hope the next pontiff opens dialogue on issues like same-sex marriage and married priests. >> i do believe in a lot of the traditions that we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> a little bit more respect and authority and power for the women in the church and the sisters and the nuns. >> the pope will resign february 28. the vatican hopes to have the next pope joined by easter. >> there is an merge meeting in response to north korea's latest nuclear test. the closed door meeting will begin at 6:00 our time. the north korea said they detonated a nuclear device at a test site. at the same time, an earthquake was detected in t
Feb 13, 2013 4:30am PST
benedict has wrapped up the first public appearance since the stunning announcement two days ago. huge crowds greeted him with a standing ovation at the vatican. he presided over the first weekly general audience and told thousands gathered he is stepping down for "the good of the church." the 85-year-old will celebrate ash wednesday mass for the beginning of lent at st. peter's. he announced he is resigning for health reasons. >> president obama is headed to north carolina to rally support for the job creation and economic proposals he unveiled in the "state of the union" address. he said he wants congress to focus on improving voting procedures, raising minimum wages and lowering energy use. corporate profits have skyrocketed while wages have barely budged saying now is the time for comprehensive tax reform. >> a tax code that lowers incentives to move job overseas and lowers tax jobs for manufacturers jobs here in the united states of america, that is what tax reform can deliver and what we can do together. >> in the republican response, senator rubio of florida said more government